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Faculty and Staff Resources

If this is an emergency and you need immediate help call the UNC Police 970-351-2245.

If you are concerned about a student’s distressed or disruptive behavior and are not sure how to approach them, please contact Student Outreach and Support at 970-351-2001. We are interested in assisting you to provide healthy and productive learning environments that are safe for everyone.

Possible Signs of Distress

  • Change in academic performance or behavior
  • Excessive absence or tardiness
  • Exaggerated emotional responses
  • Feelings of depression
  • Excessive confusion
  • Verbal or written references to suicide

Examples of Disruptive Behavior

  • Distractions in class
  • Yelling or screaming
  • Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention
  • Intimidating or harassing words or actions
  • Threats

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COVID-19 Impacts on Students

Between August 1, 2020 and February 25, 2021, the Dean of Students Office has been supporting students in navigating the following issues, concerns and stressors.


Students Experiencing Concerns with Attendance


Students experiencing emotional distress


Students experiencing grief and/or loss of family/friend


Students reporting anxiety and depression

**Data is based on information reported to the Dean of Students Office. This data is seperate from that of other spaces such as the Counseling Center & Psych Services.

Understanding Grief and Loss

Many people may experience grief and loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we all experience grief in different ways, some common reactions to grief include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Despair
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Forgetfulness
  • Increase in risky behaviors (alcohol use, drug use, etc)
  • Loneliness
  • Loss of interest in work or other activities
Hospice Red River Valley (2017) . Common Grief Reactions. Retrieved February 24, 2021
from https://www.hrrv.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Common-Grief-Reactions_6003_0917.pdf

Ongoing Impacts of COVID-19

We have all experienced adjustments in day-to-day life. With the many adjustments that have been made, we continue to experience the effects ofthe pandemic on an ongoing basis. Individuals may be impacted by the following:

  • Long term effects from catching COVID-19 such as, but not limited to: fatigue; shortness of breath; depression; headaches; fevers; heartpal pitations; abnormalities with their heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs; and neurological symptoms such as brain fog, loss of taste and/or smell, memory issues and trouble sleeping.
  • The need to work extra hours to compensate for income lost during lockdowns or unemployment.
  • High anxiety due to worrying about themselves and loved ones.
  • Increased feelings of isolation and loneliness which can lead to issueswith both mental and physical health.

Student Referral Options

If you know a student who is experiencing stressors that are having a directimpact on their academic performance and attendance, the following referrals or options can be considered:

  • Referral to their professors to discuss adjustments or extensions oncourse assignments and deadlines as well as options for Incompletes.
  • Referral to academic advisor to discuss withdrawal options.
  • Referral to Student Outreach and Support for additional resources or guidance.